Harriet Wiseman‘s paintings are, at once, reminiscent of Amadeo Modigliani’s portraits, but Ms. Wiseman is very much of our time and her own mind. Self-taught, she paints people, mostly women, in a simple style, bejeweled, wearing brightly colored clothing with wild patterns, a la Matisse — but very much her own style. Remarkably, some of these are painted on old leather book jackets.
Where her characters are grouped, they are in interesting settings: Two men, one bespeckled, and a woman in a cafe; a crowd of finely dressed ladies waiting to get into the cinema; a family gathering around a table.
Her family, with its celebrations and generations, looks like a happy crowd to be with.
Ms. Wiseman, a Philadelphia resident, is in a group show at the Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, Pa., through Nov. 4.